|If any of the symptoms mentioned above suddenly appear, immediate emergency MEDICAL ATTENTION should be sought. The goal is to get the person to a hospital as quickly as possible to confirm the diagnosis and begin medical treatment.|
In stroke care, the term golden hour is used to designate the hour immediately following the onset of stroke symptoms. The reason it's "golden" is that stroke patients have a much greater chance of surviving and avoiding long-term brain damage if they arrive at the hospital and receive treatment within that first hour. Even more specifically, treatment within the golden hour is more successful because patients are candidates for the powerful clot-busting drug known as tPA (short for tissue plasminogen activator), which must be given within the first few hours after a stroke.
An urgent medical decision is necessary in order to determine whether thrombolytic or clot dissolving drugs can potentially reverse the stroke situation. If delays occur, the opportunity to intervene is lost.
WHILE WAITING FOR THE AMBULANCE
The following first aid suggestions may be helpful:
- Lie the person flat to promote an optimal blood flow to the brain. If drowsiness, unresponsiveness or nausea is present, the person should be placed in the Rescue Position on his/her side to prevent choking should vomiting occur.
- Although aspirin plays a major role in stroke prevention, once the symptoms of a stroke begin, it is generally recommended that additional ASPIRIN NOT BE ADMINISTERED until the patient receives medical attention. If the stroke is of the bleeding type, aspirin could the make matters worse. Moreover, patients who have had a stroke may experience swallowing difficulties and could choke on the pill.